Ensiferum was formed by Guitarist Markus Toivonen in 1995. Markus discovered the word "Ensiferum" in a latin dictionary when looking for a band name, the word and meaning was perfect for the band he aimed to create.
The band recorded their first Demo in 1997, which sold almost 300 copies in the first year.
The band then went on to record a 2nd demo in 1999, which Ensiferum narrowly missed a record deal from. The band then recorded a 3rd demo in 1999. This consisted of 5 tracks & was branded with the newer band logo.